About Our Chapter

02/25/2013

02/25/2013

Welcome. We are the Florida Southeast chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter.

History and Background of AFSP Florida Southeast

The AFSP Florida Southeast Chapter was created in November of 2001 by Norman and Joan Fine, who lost their son, Michael, to suicide.  Prior to the founding of the local chapter, the Fines donated their time and energy to national initiatives and local fundraising.   Norman Fine served for many years on the National Board of AFSP and as Treasurer and continues to serve on the Board of Directors.  Joan Fine has served as a member of the National Survivor’s Council, and as a result of that commitment began the Survivors of Suicide Support Group in Boca Raton. 

AFSP Florida Southeast’s presence is felt throughout Southeast Florida from Martin County to the Keys. In addition to providing support for Suicide Support Groups in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, AFSP Florida SE is about to launch its new Survivor Outreach program in those communities.

Over the years dedicated volunteers have contributed greatly of their time and energy in supporting the mission of AFSP through such efforts as the Annual Awards Luncheon, held each spring to honor those who have contributed so heartily.  AFSP FLSE also runs an Out of the Darkness Community Walk each October in Palm Beach County and in Miami/Dade County. Fall of 2009 we plan to start a new walk in Broward County, as well. AFSP Florida SE has been a long time participant in the Annual Survivors Conference, enabling local survivors of suicide to participate in the National program through a televised link., in addition to the local program held at the North Broward Medical Center

AFSP Florida Southeast’s commitment to raising money for research and community outreach and education programs is ongoing.  Its commitment to removing the stigma associated with death by suicide is paramount.

Board of Directors

Board Chair - Linda Posner, L.C.S.W.

Linda Posner is a licensed clinical social worker dedicated to working with adults and adolescents for 30 years.  Linda graduated from Stonybrook University with a Master’s in Social Work.  Linda has extensive experience in clinical, addiction and hospital settings and has been the EAP consultant at Motorola in Plantation, Florida for 13 years.  Linda is also a Florida Supreme court certified family mediator skilled in helping families find peaceful solutions to conflict.

I joined the AFSP family to be part of a strong organization dedicated to increasing awareness about suicide, to finding ways to reach and educate families and to offer support and compassion to those who have lost loved ones to suicide.

Board President – Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.

Leonard M. Miller Professor & Chairman, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director Center on Aging, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Nemeroff was born in New York City in 1949 and educated in the New York City Public School System.  After graduating from the City College of New York in 1970, he enrolled in graduate school at Northeastern University and received a Master's degree in Biology in 1973.  He received his MD and PhD (Neurobiology) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His residency training in psychiatry was conducted at both the University of North Carolina and at Duke University, after which he joined the faculty of Duke University.  At Duke he was Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology and Chief of the Division of Biological Psychiatry before relocating in 1991 to Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, where he served as the Reunette W. Harris Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences until 2008.  In 2009 he joined the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine as the Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Center on Aging.  His research has concentrated on the biological basis of the major neuropsychiatric disorders, including affective disorders, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders.  His clinical research is focused on the use of genetic, neuroendocrine, neuroimaging and neurochemical methods to comprehensively understand the pathophysiology of depression.

Dr. Nemeroff has received numerous honors during his career, including the A.E. Bennett Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry (1979), both the Kempf Award in Psychobiology (1989) and the Samuel Hibbs Award (1990) from the American Psychiatric Association (APAP, and the Gold Medal Award and the Research Prize (1996) from the Society of Biological Psychiatry.  In 1997, he was the recipient of the Gerald Klerman Award from the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Disorders Association and the Selo Prize from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression.  In 1998 he was the recipient of the Research Award in Mood Disorders from the American College of Psychiatrists.  He was awarded the Menninger Prize in 2000 from the American College of Physicians, the Research Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in 2001, and the Burlingame Prize from the Institute of Living in 2002.  In 2006 he received the American Psychiatric Association Research Mentoring Award and Vestermark Award, and in 2008 The Judson Marmor Award for Research. With Alan F. Schatzberg, MD, he is co-Editor of the Textbook of Psychopharmacology, now in its Fourth Edition, published by the American Psychiatric Press Inc. He has served on the Mental Health Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Mental Health. He is past President of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the American College of Psychiatrists. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and past president. In 2002 he was elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

He has published more than 950 research reports and reviews.

Board Secretary – Sue C. Willis

Board Treasurer - Carree Olshansky

Members of the Board of Directors

 

James Allen

Joan J. Fine

Bonnie E. Harding

Mandi Hodge

Thomas E. Joyce

Alan Meca

Cynthia W. Ottaway

John Platt